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Prince wrote this song for his movie Purple Rain. In the film, the song plays under a montage after his character loses his girl (Apollonia) to his rival (Morris - Morris Day of The Time). We see Prince riding his motorcycle along with shots of intimate moments with Apollonia. In the movie, Prince has a difficult relationship with his father, who beats his mom. Scenes of his father come in on the lyrics where Prince calls him "demanding."
The film is semi-autobiographical, but how much is based on real life remains a mystery, as Prince rarely gives interviews and doesn't talk about his personal life. In the movie, the song expresses his fear of becoming like his parents. When the doves cry, that's his musical refuge.
Besides writing and composing the track, Prince played all the instruments on the song. (thanks, Jordan - Brooklyn, NY)
There is no bass on this song. Prince took out the bass track to get a different sound. The barrage of keyboards in the chorus represents the doves crying.
In the US, this was the #1 song of 1984. It topped the charts for 5 weeks over the summer, and kept Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing In The Dark
" at #2, preventing The Boss from ever having a #1 hit.
MC Hammer sampled this on his 1990 song "Pray," which was his last hit before dropping the "MC" and piling up mounds of debt as his lifestyle could not keep up with his cash flow.
Patti Smith recorded this for her 2002 retrospective album, Land 1975-2002. Other notable covers are from Razorlight and Damien Rice.
A version of this is sung by the choir in the 1996 film Romeo and Juliet. The movie was directed by Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge), and starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes. (thanks, john - Cheshire, England)
Although there is no bass in this song and the percussion part is played entirely by drum machine, Prince's drummer and bassist from his band The Revolution still appear in the video, playing along (silently) on their instruments. (thanks, Robert - Berkeley, CA)
In 1997 Genuwine released his remake of this song on his Ginuwine... The Bachelor album, adding some new beats to the sound. His version hit #10 in the UK. (thanks, Carmen - Lakeland, FL)
He wrote "She Blinded Me With Science" so he could direct a video about a home for deranged scientists.
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The "How Country Feels" singer talks Skynyrd and songwriting.
Artis the Spoonman
Even before Soundgarden wrote a song about him, Artis was the most famous spoon player of all time. So why has he always been broke?